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Snowman Stampede 10 Mile - Run

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Aurora, Colorado
United States
Colorado Runner Magazine
48F / 9C
Total Time = 1h 22m 24s
Overall Rank = 55/184
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 9/28
Pre-race routine:

Not real good. I wasn't focused and hadn't really formed a race plan other than having a goal of averaging an 8 min mile.
Event warmup:

Rachelle and I got our goodie bags dropped them off at the car stretched just a bit, hit the restroom and next thing ya know, the race was under way.
  • 1h 22m 24s
  • 10 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile

Very poor course management on my part!! I went out way too fast. I felt just fine for the first 4 miles which seems to make sense because my runs have been at a slower pace for no more than 5.5 miles. Had a gel at about 4.5 miles and then when I backed off the pace at mile 5 my legs were feeling pretty spent. I recovered a bit, but really struggled settling into a pace again. Based on my last mile, I think I should have been able to hold an 8:15 pace the for miles 6,7 and 8.
What would you do differently?:

Start out slower and run my own race instead of getting sucked into a fast group regardless of how great I feel. I also would have tried to start out at about an 8:15 pace and slowly work my way down to 7:45 by the last mile.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed an oatmeal cookie, banana and XLR8 (sports drink) and walked a bit. Stretched along side the rode while I waited for Rachelle to finish and then ran the last 1/4 mile with her to the finish line.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor race planning and course management!! On race day, this may be one of the most important things.

Event comments:

Seems like as soon as people were done, they hopped in their cars and went home. There were very few people around to cheer on finishers. Overall, this was a very good race for me. I didn't do nearly as well as I hoped, but I did learn alot. I'll have to be much more mentally focused than what I was for this race.

Last updated: 2006-02-27 12:00 AM
01:22:24 | 10 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/28
Overall: 55/184
Performance: Below average
Mile 1 - 7:34 Mile 2 - 7:50 Mile 3 - 7:49 Mile 4 - 7:52 Mile 5 - 9:11 Mile 6 - 8:40 Mile 7 - 8:27 Mile 8 - 8:44 Mile 9 - 8:27 Mile 10- 7:46
Course: Course was pretty nice. The downside however was that there were about 2.5 miles on a single track trail.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-02-27 9:11 AM

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Subject: Snowman Stampede 10 Mile

2006-03-01 8:51 AM
in reply to: #355211

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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
Subject: RE: Snowman Stampede 10 Mile
Nice race BEN!  I think your pace looks good!  8:14's are nothing to scoff at for 10 miles!
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